Building a bridge in the 14th century

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bronobo's picture

sooooo much work, doing all of it by hand. i imagine it took so much time and effort. but labor was probably cheap. and the caissons made of wood and dirt.

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UltimateX's picture

Holy shit, I just looked up how long it took to complete.  I was gonna say a couple years. Nope.  45 years to complete. 

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beer420's picture

are those metric years?

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UltimateX's picture

I'm not sure about that.  Wikipedia is saying this: Construction start 1357. Construction End 1402.  That's 45 years.  I wasn't even aware there was metric time. I had to look it up. 

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sato's picture

my guess is they weren't working on it the entire time, probably in seasons, between harvest and such.

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Beta Tester

Are you serious? My sarcasm detector didnt go off

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backdraft's picture
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Thats  approximately 23652 kiloseconds

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sato's picture

interesting, pretty much just as it'd be built today, only with smaller parts, and water power instead of gasoline.

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Biz's picture

Not quite tho, there are bridges today with spans almost 4 times the length of the entire bridge, it would have been made of steel and reinforced concrete, probably spanning most of the river with either no supports or at the most two. Repairing the new bridge would take far fewer guys and no one would be butthurt if they were not trained archeologists.  

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Cahu's picture

Did you just assume that that was a bridge? So racist

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Holy shit that is patience. Really cool how it was done though...

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